Documentary

From the Journals of Jean Seberg (1995) Mark Rappaport, Mary Beth Hurt, Jean Seberg, Documentary, Biography

From the Journals of Jean Seberg (1995)
Mark Rappaport’s creative bio-pic about actress Jean Seberg is presented in a first-person, autobiographical format (with Seberg played by Mary Beth Hurt). He seamlessly interweaves cinema, politics, American society and culture, and film theory to inform, entertain, and move the viewer. Seberg’s many marriages, as well as her film roles, are discussed extensively. Her involvement with the Black Panther Movement and subsequent investigation by the FBI is covered. Notably, details of French New Wave cinema, Russian Expressionist (silent) films, and the careers of Jane Fonda, Vanessa Redgrave, and Clint Eastwood are also intensively examined. Much of the film is based on conjecture, but Rappaport encourages viewers to re-examine their ideas about women in film with this thought-provoking picture.

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Wide Awake (2006) Alan Berliner, William C. Dement, Documentary

Wide Awake (2006)
Wide Awake is acclaimed documentary filmmaker Alan Berliner’s uniquely personal tour through a lifelong obsession with insomnia. A brilliantly edited blend of the hilarious and deeply personal, Wide Awake weaves hundreds of archival film clips, consultations with sleep specialists, an overnight stay at a sleep lab, dream visualizations, and behind the scenes footage of the film being made, into a brutally honest self-portrait of a sleep-deprived and sleep-obsessed night-owl filmmaker.

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Le cousin Jules / Cousin Jules (1972) Dominique Benicheti, Documentary

Le cousin Jules AKA Cousin Jules (1972)
A lost masterpiece of cinema, now beautifully restored and available for the first time in years, Cousin Jules was the result of five years (1968-1973) painstaking work by director Dominique Benicheti and cinematographer Pierre-William Glenn. Over that period, the team photographed and recorded the daily lives of Jules (Benicheti’s distant cousin) and his wife, Felicie, French farmers living alone in the countryside.

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A Map for Saturday (2007) Brook Silva-Braga, Scott Erikson, Rebecca Filmer, Sabrina Hezinger, Documentary

A Map for Saturday (2007)
On a trip around the world, every day feels like Saturday. A MAP FOR SATURDAY reveals a world of long-term, solo travel through the stories of trekkers on four continents. The documentary finds backpackers helping neglected Thai tsunami victims. It explains why Nepal’s guesthouses are empty and Brazil’s stoplights are ignored. But at its core, SATURDAY tracks the emotional arc of extreme long-term travelers; teenagers and senior citizens who wondered, “What would it be like to travel the world?” Then did it.

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Anything for John (1993) Dominique Cazenave, John Cassavetes, Seymour Cassel, Peter Falk, Documentary

Anything for John (1993)
An intimate portrait of actor-writer-director John Cassavetes and a loving tribute to his genius for studying and depicting the human character. In-depth, candid interviews with his wife and muse Gena Rowlands as well as his most trusted friends and co-workers like Peter Falk, Ben Gazzara, Seymour Cassel, etc. Clips from Cassavetes’ greatest films, and many rare photos illustrate this touching documentary.

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Nietzsche and the Nazis (2006) Frank Michaels, Stephen R.C. Hicks, Documentary

Nietzsche and the Nazis (2006)
One of the intellectual giants of the 19th century, Friedrich Nietzsche had an impact on countless future intellectuals and writers. In particular, the Nazis claimed his philosophy played a pivotal role in their ideology. In this title, Professor Stephen Hicks examines the history and writings central to both Nietzsche and the Nazi to explore the validity of their statement.

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